Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas

When I think of simple comfort food, I think of this dish. There’s something so comforting about this pasta with the salty bacon, creamy Parmesan cheese, and sweet pop of the peas. It takes less than 15 minutes to cook and tastes wonderful. My son loved this pasta while my daughter wasn’t a fan since she doesn’t care for pasta. My husband and I like extra black pepper on top when serving and we absolutely love this dish!

Prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking. It is very important that the pasta is hot when adding the egg and Parmesan mixture, so that the heat of the pasta cooks the raw egg in the sauce.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook, per instructions. Drain the pasta well, reserving 1/3 cup of the starchy cooking water to use in the sauce.

While the pasta is cooking, cook the bacon slices until crispy, about 3-5 minutes.  Remove the bacon and place on paper towels to drain. Chop into bits. Toss the garlic into the pan with bacon grease.  Side Note: My pan only had a teaspoon of grease since my bacon was pre-cooked so I added another teaspoon of olive oil to the pan. Sauté garlic for 45 seconds , stirring constantly.

Add the hot, drained spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in the bacon grease/olive oil/garlic. Beat the eggs and Parmesan together in a mixing bowl, stirring well. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, stirring quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble (this is done off the heat to ensure this does not happen.) Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency. Add the peas and bacon bits then season with lots of freshly cracked black pepper. Season with sea salt if needed then add fresh parsley, mix well. Place into serving bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy.

 

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Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas

Yield: 4

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 lb spaghetti, cooked per instructions
5-6 slices of bacon (I used pre-cooked so there is less grease)
1 tsp olive oil, if needed
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 egg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1/2 cup of frozen peas, thawed
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking. It is very important that the pasta is hot when adding the egg and Parmesan mixture, so that the heat of the pasta cooks the raw egg in the sauce.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook, per instructions. Drain the pasta well, reserving 1/3 cup of the starchy cooking water to use in the sauce.

While the pasta is cooking, cook the bacon slices until crispy, about 3-5 minutes. Remove the bacon and place on paper towels to drain. Chop into bits. Toss the garlic into the pan with bacon grease. Side Note: My pan only had a teaspoon of grease since my bacon was pre-cooked so I added another teaspoon of olive oil to the pan. Sauté garlic for 45 seconds , stirring constantly.

Add the hot, drained spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in the bacon grease/olive oil/garlic. Beat the eggs and Parmesan together in a mixing bowl, stirring well. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, stirring quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble (this is done off the heat to ensure this does not happen.) Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency. Add the peas and bacon bits then season with lots of freshly cracked black pepper. Season with sea salt if needed then add fresh parsley, mix well. Place into serving bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Tyler Florence

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15 Responses to “Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas”

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    gloria — July 28, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

    Look delicious Pam!

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    Katie C. — July 29, 2014 @ 4:43 am

    I’ve always liked this dish but have been leery of making it. I always think that I will end up with scrambled eggs and pasta. You make it seem easy!

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    Sues — July 29, 2014 @ 4:59 am

    Yes, this is so comforting! I honestly don’t think there are many dishes better than carbonara :)

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    Kim in MD — July 29, 2014 @ 5:47 am

    Yum! I absolutely love pasta carbonara!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 29, 2014 @ 6:43 am

    One of my favourite pastas! Love the add of green peas.

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    Larry — July 29, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    Looks perfect Pam

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    Kim — July 29, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    Pam, I made this last night too! You make it exactly as I do – except I had so much spinach on hand, I threw that in! I use TJ’s bacon – it renders a very clear fat that makes for a beautiful carbonara.

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    Marjie — July 29, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Try throwing a can of lump crabmeat in it. That pushes Pasta Carbonara right over the top, even for non-fans of pasta, like your daughter and me.

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — July 29, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    I love a dish like this. You get the yummy taste of bacon without feeling guilty about a million calories. I am also a pasta kick the last couple of months. So I’m not exactly impartial. I pinned it.

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    Jovina Coughlin — July 29, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    Carbonara is to die for – I agree the ultimate comfort food. Great recipe above.

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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup — July 29, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

    I’ve never made this dish before and I’m not sure why. Thanks so much for the recipe. Your timing is perfect as I just cooked up a batch of bacon today. Pinning it now!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — July 30, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    I’ve actually never made pasta carbonara, but I’ve been craving pasta of all kinds lately so I think I need to! Love how simple it is :)

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    Joanne — August 1, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    I love carbonara, but for the eggy sauce and not really for the bacon. Even without the bacon it is total comfort food, though!

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    Chris — August 16, 2014 @ 5:38 am

    Someone once bashed me for putting peas in mine as being “unauthentic”. They can kiss my bootay because I like peas in mine and that’s how I’ll eat it! You do yours almost exactly like we do, so I know I’d love yours. We used to eat carbonara as our go to pasta for carbo-loading the night before 100+ mile bicycle rides.

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    AmyMaxwell — September 4, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

    We made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe. I love your blog, and your daily emails. ALL of your recipes have been a hit! I’ve recommended this site to so many people.

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